Get Rid Of Drain Flies In Your Home!

Get Rid Of Drain Flies In Your Home!


Drain flie Sydney
Drain fly Sydney


Are you seeing small flies hovering around your drains or stagnated water? Good chances are these pesky insects are drain flies.

Drain flies are also known as moth flies, sewer gnats, moth flies and come from the family of Psychodidae.

Sometimes the drain fly can be confused as the fruit fly as they closely resemble each other.

Unfortunately drain flies breed at a rapid rate and their populations can grow quite quickly. For every female Drain flies she can lay up to 200 eggs per day, so an infestation of the Drain fly can get out of hand very quickly if there is a water source for it to survive in.

Identifying drain flies in your home!
What do drain flies look like and how you can identify them.
  • Drain flies are 1.5″ to 1.10″ in length
  • Drain flies body & wings are covered with very thin long hair that make it look moth like.
  • Drain flies have a black to dark grey coloured body with lighter-coloured wings.
  • Drain flies have long and curve antennae
  • Drain flies are poor flyers and will usually only have short flights.
  • Drain flies are easily identifde as it makes short hopping flights.
  • Drain flies are generally found near the main water sources.
Where are drain flies typically found in your home?

Drain flies will often feed on decaying organic matter in stagnate water, moss and flower nectar.

Drain flies are very adaptable and will live and breed in various types of environments.

In homes you can find these flies in on as well as around:
  • All drains in and around your home
  • Basements, Garages and showers
  • Walls adjacent to drains is also where you can find them and infrequent used toilets such as a spare toilet
  • Unwashed and unclean garbage areas
  • Sides of showers
Outdoors, around your home:
  • In/around compost stations
  • Damaged septic lines and tanks
  • Garbage areas
  • Stagnant water such as shallow polluted ponds, tree holes, rain barrels, pet bowels, pools
How to get rid of Fruit flies/ Drain Flies 
  • Inspect all areas of your kitchen and find the source which is attracting fruit flies.
  • Remove all sources in a plastic bag, tie it up and dispose the bag in the council bin.
  • All fresh produce place inside the fridge until the fruit flies have ceased.
  • Frequently clean your bins and make sure that it is not damp.
  • Place either bleach or draino down your sink and drains, cover with a plug, do this at the end of each night before bed for three nights as this will get rid of any fruit flies and their eggs in your sink or drain.
  • You can make a homemade remedy by grabbing a jar, putting a cone shape funnel in it with a piece of fruit, honey or vinegar inside. The fruit flies can fly in but is unable to fly back out.


Further Reading:

Drain Flies

Queensland Fruit flies Sydney

Natural way of getting rid of a light infestation of fleas.

Fruit Flies Sydney

Natural Fly Remedies For Prevention And Control

Pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney

Pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney
pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney
pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney


We all know that when you are buying a home it can be quite daunting, our minds keep racing, what if this home has termites or structural damage.

With all the excitement there can be confusion too. A lot of new home buyers are not aware of what needs to be done when buying a new home.

Did you know that as a prospective buyer that when you ask for the contract of sale from the real estate agent that you are considering buying your new home from they must inform you about any previous timber pest inspection reports that may have been commissioned by either the owner of the dwelling or by the real estate agent themselves. You may in fact be able to negotiate the price to favour your way with the pre-existing pre-purchase pest inspection report.

With a pre-purchase inspection there are two parts:
  1. Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection (pest controller)
  2. Pre- Purchase Building Inspection (Builder)

Each pre-purchase timber inspection that is carried out by Redline Pest Control will be in accordance to Australian Standards – AS 4349.1 – pre-purchase inspections.

What is a pre-purchase timber pest inspection?

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection is an initial inspection when a prospective buyer is interested in a property they will source out a pest controller to conduct a pre-purchase timber pest inspection to ascertain whether their new home has been hit with active termites, borers, previous damage due to either one of those, mould, dampness, drainage, and the list goes on. You will receive a coloured multi page report which includes photos, recommendations on how to reduce the risk for termites, what is a risk to your potential new home.

When your Redline Pest Control inspector arrives he will be on the lookout for termites and borers.

Redline Pest Control pest inspector will inspect the following areas of the dwelling that you are considering buying:
  • Roof voids
  • Subfloors
  • All internal areas
  • All external areas
  • Water drainage
  • Toxic materials
  • Wiring
  • Mould
  • Foundations
  • Fence lines/garden beds
  • Trees
  • Out buildings
  • Retaining walls
  • Driveways and pathways
What are the major reasons why you should invest in obtaining a pre-purchase timber pest inspection before you consider your finances into the property.
  • Awareness

Just visiting the premises will not help you ascertain if there is no termite/structural damage in the premises you are going to purchase.

A full timber pest inspection needs to be carried-out, so you know of any issues that you may not see with the naked eye.

  • Value assessment

Pre-purchase timber pest inspection will play an important role in the final assessment in the true value of the premises you are intending to purchase.

Pest/timber issues are not always resolved easily and can be quite costly.

If you think that the property seems a bit overpriced, you can negotiate a better price with the vendor based on the reports from your pest timber inspection report.

  • Unseen flaws

Redline Pest Controls timber pest inspectors can help identify any unseen flaws of a premises before purchasing the premises as there is always something that may need rectifying.

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection can help locate any unseen flaws that the premises may have and bring them to the attention of the potential buyer to provide them with all of the information on that premises required to know the true depth of any pest/timber issues and how the timber/pest problems can be resolved in a quick and swift manner.

  • Knowledge of the overall investment on the premises

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection can help you negotiate a better price with the vendor if there are pre-existent timber/pest issues.

Did you know that if there is any timber/pest issues and that you may need to invest in resolving these issues financially that you can negotiate the price of sale due to these flaws in the premises you are about to buy.

  • Aid in Negotiations in purchasing your new premises

Pre-purchase pest/timber inspection reports help to gain knowledge of the true value of the premises you are about to buy. They can help aid you a better price negotiation with the vendor to help you acquire a better deal for your new premises.

  • Buy with confidence

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection helps you ascertain whether you have made the right decision on purchasing your new premises.


pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney
pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney


Further Reading:

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

Termites in Australia!

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home


Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?